March 10, 2012
My Lord Vampire
Immortal Rogues series #1
by Alexandra Ivy
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 28th 2012
In the first of a mesmerizing trilogy, Ivy, author of the Guardians of Eternity series, introduces the Immortal Rogues--three vampires duty-bound to protect their own kind even as they fall prey to mortal desires.
Centuries have passed since Gideon Ravel dwelled among humans. Now he must infiltrate the cream of London society to earn the trust of one woman. Simone, Lady Gilbert, possesses an amulet of unimaginable power, and no concept of the threat that surrounds her. The ton's gossip prepared him for her beauty and wit. But he is blindsided by her barely disguised sensuality and his growing need to possess her. None of the idle aristocrats who vie for Simone's attentions know about her past. To them, she is the sophisticated, worldly widow known as the "Wicked Temptress." The truth would ruin her, and she has never been tempted to reveal it until now. Yet beneath Gideon's bold, black-eyed stare is a hunger that demands satisfaction and complete surrender…and a secret far more dangerous than her own.
Alexandra Ivy’s first novel in the Immortal Rogues series is a passionate tale of good vs. evil. Two hundred years ago, the Vampires moved from the mortal plane to live Behind the Veil – a place created where vampires could live in peace and safety and not be plagued with basic urges or bloodlust.
The greatest vampire of all, Nefri, created the Veil using an ancient Medallion. Since the Medallion is so powerful and could also be used for many purposes and even to destroy the Veil, she hid its whereabouts by separating it into three parts and giving each one to three maidens on earth to protect. Those maidens had no idea the powerful artifact they were protecting. They only knew that it was a gift from a gypsy woman who told them never to part with it.
Since the vampires considered themselves superior to mortals, it was assumed that no vampire would want to go live in the mortal world. The Medallion should have been safe. However, three vampires who were unhappy with the restricted life in the Veil escaped and fled to the mortal world. The Vampire Council was certain the traitors would seek out the Medallion and if discovered, would give them power to destroy the Veil and much worse.
The Council decided to send three vampires (Gideon, Lucien & Sebastian) to protect the maidens that were guarding the Medallions, capture the traitors and either convince them to return to the Veil or kill them if necessary - as long as the Medallions were protected.
The first story in the series revolves around Gideon and Simone – one of the guardians of the Medallion.
Simone is part of London’s elite society and the wealthy widow of Lord Gilbert. She has many suitors and has managed to evade them all with no intention of becoming attached. Despite her icy façade, she is actually very nice. Throughout the novel, we know she has a secret that could destroy her and I found myself hoping no one ever finds out what it is so she would be safe.
Gideon is our gorgeous hero that is arrogant in thinking he is above mortals since he is not burdened with silly human passions and desires. Until he meets Simone. She is not at all what he expected and challenges him at every turn. Since the story is told in third person, we get to see inside his head as well and I was glad to see that Simone was getting to him as much as he was she.
The author has created a great hero and heroine and developed them artfully so that we cared about what happened to them. Besides Gideon, Simone and Tristan (the villain), there were very few other characters involved in the story. And really, we didn’t see much depth to the villain. We only know that he wanted power but not really his motives. The story and plot could have been enriched if it had more supporting characters.
If you’re looking for a well-written easy read with good characters, this will work for you. Ivy is an expert at delivery and detail, and this historical PNR keeps interest and makes you care about what happens with the characters. Despite its simplicity in characters, it is a good read. Even though I’ve only rated it a 3, I’m still anxious to read Book #2 – My Lord Eternity - when it comes out in December 2012.
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